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  1. I really have nothing nice to say, so I will keep this short. Any distance loss to the general golfing population is taking something they have away from them. And I don't agree with takers. The status quo is fine, no need for change. Hopefully the USGA will stand by their assessment.
  2. A lot more golfers now. And we are talking a 40 yd distance loss for someone who hits it 200 yds off the tee with a 20% rollback. All courses will have to be re rated and a lot of them will need new tee boxes. The following is taken from mgagolf.org "All courses rated under the USGA Course Rating System are rated using the same parameters that have been established by the USGA. A male scratch player is defined by the USGA as an amateur golfer who has reached the stroke play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship. On average, he hits his tee shot 225 yards in the air with 25 ya
  3. Problem is when you soften the fairways it is point and shoot. No rolling off the fairway anymore into the thick rough. How many shots ended up in the rough because the fairways rolled so well at WF? Well, just being devil's advocate with that. The thing I find comical in all this, it is a skill to hit the long ball. Some posters are claiming that the driver is the easiest club to hit. I disagree, I struggled with the driver for years. Faults would show up with my driver that didn't show with the shorter clubs. Just this season I have started to work some things out with the
  4. I think that is all comes down to the payout. How much will the average tour pro make compared with other sports. If golf is paying out big then you will get more people interested in it, and because more people are interested you get more talent and more people with a drive who want to be the best. It is those people that take the game to new levels. Again, I think it is about the money. I think what some are after is the old days when pros had to grind out a living. But today they can never win on tour and still make plenty of money. Because of this the talent pool will a
  5. Play whatever tees you want. I play anywhere from a 5500 yd Par 70 to a 6700 yd Par 72. I hit my distance 5i 190 yds and my driver right around 250. To be honest, the yardage is really going to depend on how well you hit your mid/long irons, if you are a good ball striker then having 200 yds in on a par 4 is not a big deal, but if you spray it all over, then it will get extremely frustrating.
  6. The only thing safe in my bag are my Apex cf 19 irons, and just the heads. Those will be there for 3-4 seasons, everything else could be replaced at whim.
  7. I don't have an issue determining npr on what is considered an obvious cart path. What I was trying to decide was whether the gravel that had washed out from the cart path was still part of the cart path. The gravel was once part of the cart path, but at what point in time does it just become part of the ground next to the cart path?
  8. Right handed, the gravel spilled out quite a bit. That side of the car path has trees lining it about 10 yds away and the grass isn't kept as well as the other side, which allows the gravel to wash off there. Honestly, it is just poor maintenance, which is why I didn't know if it was technically part of the path.
  9. It's funny that you use the phrase "put out there in the universe". My wife is constantly telling me to watch what I put out there in the universe, lol. But call it whatever you want, it works!
  10. For the sake of pace of play I took relief on the left side. I told my playing partners what I was doing and nobody objected. I made my own ruling that the spilled over gravel was still technically part of the cart path, and the path was wider at that point making npr on the left. But I was wondering whether or not the call was correct.
  11. I will call this an unmaintained cart path. It is a cart path but of crushed gravel, which as far as I know does entitle relief. But the uniformity of the cart path, as to the width is not maintained, ie, it spills over the edges in places. So my ball comes to rest to the right of center on the cart path, on a maintained cart path the npr would be on the right side, but on this path there is gravel still there. It isn't much, but enough still to nick up my nice new forged irons. I could probably delay the round by trying to pick up all the pieces, would take a bit. So options? Would tha
  12. For me, 3-4 seasons on a set of irons is enough. At that point the desire to try something new outweighs my wallet liking the money that is in it. Now drivers, that seems to be a different story. I have bought the prior years TM driver for the last 4 seasons looking for "The one".
  13. I've picked up a lot of wedges and head covers. If I can catch the attention of the group ahead of me I will ask if anyone is missing a club, if not I turn them in at the pro shop. To be honest, I don't like picking them up, but feel responsible to do it, because I will turn them in.
  14. I used to play the Steelhead XRs, they were great irons. This year I demo'd the Mavrik and Mavrik Pro's, but I couldn't hit them for crap. I ended buying the Apex cf 19s instead. To be honest, I wanted very much to like the Apex irons and didn't want to like the Mavriks, so maybe that had a little to do with it. But the Apex performed just as good as my Steelheads and felt a ton better. Move on to a month and 20 rounds of golf later, I still like the Apex. The Mavriks (both the regular and the pro) just felt harsh. I never felt like I hit the ball in the sweet spot, and maybe
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